ERIC Number: ED390240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Current Issues: Interpreters in the Educational Setting.
Hurwitz, T. Alan
This paper summarizes and comments on a report by the National Task Force on Educational Interpreting, which consists of educational interpreters, teachers, school administrators, teacher educators, parents, and deaf consumers. The Task Force found a critical need for: (1) the establishment of standards for educational interpreting, and (2) promoting improved working conditions and equitable salary ranges for educational interpreters. The state of the profession of educational interpreting is described, and it is found that professional interpreters are available at all grade levels, that working conditions and compensation vary widely, and that many schools are uninformed and inexperienced about the uses of interpreters. Problems identified by the Task Force are discussed, accompanied by the Task Force's recommended solutions. Changes to certification standards to establish a joint certification system usable by the Department of Education in each state are described, and a model job description for educational interpreters is provided. (PB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Technical Inst. for the Deaf, Rochester, NY.